Sunday, October 04, 2015


Halloween Ale
Regulars drink their Gritty's beer from a mug!
There are several candy machines at Gritty's.
Gritty McDuff's has been a Maine favorite since 1988. Its owners opened their first restaurant in Portland back then with the goal of creating an English-style pub that serves fresh ales. Gritty's has since expanded to Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn. They are now serving their own handcrafted ales at all of their locations.

Eat Up NE recently stopped by for lunch at their Freeport restaurant. I really liked the candy machines and helped myself to a handful of espresso coffee beans. In the summer you can eat inside or on their spacious outdoor porch. We sat down by the bar. I quickly ordered one of their seasonal beers, their Halloween Ale. It's an extra special bitter, that, as their website promises, is the perfect beer for a crisp fall day. Other seasonal beers include a Christmas Ale and a Vacationland Ale in the summer. You can buy six-packs to take home at Gritty's store.

Gritty's boasts a huge menu, packed full of bar favorites. Soups include chowder and chili. There are several salads like the crispy fried chicken salad or the McDuff Salad with apple, walnuts and bleu cheese. Sandwiches include pulled pork, reuben and a lamb gyro. Have a pizza from their stone oven or order a burger with any toppings you want. Entrees include Shepard's Pie, fish & chips and mac & cheese with chicken, kielbasa, steak, lobster or BBQ pulled pork.

Eat Up NE caught the end of their summer menu and enjoyed a lobster roll, fries and clam chowder. From their traditional pub food to homemade beers, Gritty McDuffy's is a must-try when visiting Maine. Eat Up NE is hoping to back this winter for the Christmas Ale.
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